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Bristol Glass Works Ledger

 Collection — Box: 01
Identifier: MS-0046

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a ledger owned by Bristol Glass Works. The ledger was used to record sales from the company store. The ledger includes the dates November 1823 through September 1824. The ledger is 272 pages. The first 94 pages have been removed from the binding and pages 95-104 are missing.


  • 1823-1824


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for public research. Researchers must make an appointment to view the collection.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

The Bristol Glass, Cotton and Clay Company was incorporated in Ulster County, New York, in 1811 by Stephen Stilwell, Nicholas Van Leuven and Abraham De Witt. In 1813, Stephen Stilwell and his wife Nancy transferred 833 acres of their property in Woodstock to the Company for the Bristol Glass Works factory. Bristol Glass Works produced window glass, clock domes, and simple glass bottles and tableware. Bristol Glass Works operated under that name until 1825 when the New York Crown and Cylinder Glass Manufacturing Company assumed control of the factory.

The owner of Bristol Glassworks, Stephen Stilwell was born on Long Island, New York, in 1760 he was a Revolutionary soldier and New York, merchant. In 1806, he purchased a large tract of land in Woodstock, New York, which would later become the site of Bristol Glass Works. Stilwell played an active role in local affairs, serving as both Assessor and Overseer of Highways. He died in Ulster County, New York, in 1847.


1.6 Linear Feet (1 flat box)

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Manuscript is very fragile and some pages are loose; researchers should handle with care and use a book cradle or pillow.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Dan Casavant in 2022.

Accession 2022.004

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah Tronkowski in 2022.

Bristol Glass Works Ledger, 1823-1824
A Guide to the Collection
Sarah Tronkowski
May 4, 2022
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the The Rakow Research Library Manuscript Collection Repository

The Rakow Research Library
The Corning Museum of Glass
Five Museum Way
Corning NY 14830 USA